On March 26, 2020, the Presiding Judge of the Pima County Superior Court, Kyle Bryson, signed an Administrative Order restricting physical access to the Pima County Superior Court. You can read the full text of the Order here.
This is at least the third Order the Pima County Court has issued to address COVID-19, and it reflects an every changing state of affairs. This order goes further than ever before in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. While the business of the courthouse will still go on, the majority of work will be done over the phone. That said, I can confirm that long scheduled court events, such as telephonic status conferences, are being delayed to conserve resources. I suspect that many court employees are working remotely, so the court's administrative office is forced to allocate staff to higher priority matters such as emergency hearings and criminal cases, which trigger constitutional and statutory rights that must be protected. This has pushed some telephonic hearings and appearances back, and in some cases taken them off the calendar without a firm resetting.
The Order vests each judge with broad discretion, but in general directs that subject to specific exceptions, no in-person proceedings will occur in the Pima County Superior Court until April 17, 2020.
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